Original Weed Generation Are Still At It But Where Are They Getting Their Stash?

The study looked at how the baby boomers are scoring their stash...and it's not medical marijuana.

As we know from a study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence in September, lots of older Americans are consuming cannabis, many for medical purposes.

Yet another new study, recently published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society, looks at how the baby boomers are scoring their stash, and it's not medical marijuana.

The survey contacted Colorado residents over 65, a third of whom reported using weed at some point in their lives. Half of those respondents said they’re currently still toking, especially since legalization in 2012.

In addition to questions like how often they consume, they were asked where they get their weed.

While 26 percent said they had a recommendation for medical cannabis for treating anxiety, depression, sleeping problems, pain and appetite stimulation, 67 percent used and “obtained marijuana recreationally.”

Of course they do.

“Thus, in states with recreationally available marijuana, older adults may be using marijuana in addition to their prescribed regimens, so it is important to inquire about marijuana use regardless of age,” the study authors wrote.

Other takeaways from the study: senior citizens seem to gravitate toward edibles (42 percent) as compared to smoking cannabis (29 percent). Lotions and oils were also favorites among respondents.

Separate studies have found that self-reported cannabis use among older Americans is rising dramatically, and that many seniors are reducing their prescription drug use, particularly to opioids, once they start using cannabis for chronic pain.

According to clinical data on the safety and efficacy of medical cannabis among the elderly - led by Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, aka the father of cannabis research. The study assessed seniors’ long-term use of cannabis and concluded that consumption is safe and is associated with a “significant improvement” in subjects’ “overall quality of life.”

“This is a population that, in many cases, had firsthand experience with cannabis during their young adulthood, and have now returned to cannabis in older age,” NORML Political Director Justin Strekal said in a press release.

“Seniors are turning to cannabis as a potential option to provide symptomatic relief while potentially avoiding the dramatic side-effects associated with other medications and improving their quality of life,” added Strekel.

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Prices I see on menus in New England are more or less the same if you buy an ounce at a time. I've never set foot in one of those places, and I can't wait. The old school system I use is a guy I know from a mmj patients' group in the late 1990s, but still subject to unexpected glitches and having to do the usual spy-drop rendezvous in Manhattan. Maybe living in New York pushes the price up, like for everything else.

Ever since the 70s ($10 ounces from México, with seeds), it's been an iffy process. And whatever it is you get is what you get. It's always middling stuff from my source, because they have to please a large discerning audience but not so wonderful that there isn't enough there to last to the next time (mostly still for patients, many homebound). So I really don't know where it comes from, ultimately. Once I got a couple of bags with strain names on them, otherwise it's all anonymous. Maybe Indica, maybe hybrid. Probably kind of dry.

I'd like to try Eaze for once, ffs. I'd like to try a brownie. I might even cook with the stuff. We go to Massachusetts for Christmas so we can visit a place then, they seem to have gotten everyone in the supply chain permitted up and things should get going in "a few weeks.". NETA Northampton looks expensive, but they may be the first one out the gate. We may get over the novelty of it but for now I'm hoping for legalization. I've been waiting a long time for this.

MarcusCannabisHarcus
MarcusCannabisHarcus

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Cannabis Cures
Cannabis Cures

It's hard to justify the costs of purchasing weed at a dispensary when you have connections of obtaining it elsewhere and know where it comes from.

Travis Maurer
Travis Maurer

Editor

I agree! Also, I'm to the point that I think smoking flower is just the best way for me. But, there is nothing like growing your own.

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